tvOS 14 sample Source: Apple

If you installed a tvOS 14 beta version and would like to go back to tvOS 13, you have limited options. For many, there is no solution, which is something to keep in mind.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Downgrading your Apple TV 4K

If you installed tvOS 14 on your Apple TV 4K, you're out of luck. There is no way to downgrade your Apple TV to an earlier version of tvOS. The reason: The Apple TV 4K doesn't include the necessary USB-C port to allow you to connect it to your Mac, and Apple doesn't provide an over-the-air restore image for the most recent public version of tvOS.

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Downgrading your Apple TV HD

You can downgrade your Apple TV HD using a Mac via macOS Catalina. The solution should also work with MacOS Big Sur.

How to use the macOS Catalina beta to downgrade your Apple TV HD

  1. Download the latest publicly available version of tvOS 13, saving the file to your Mac's desktop.
  2. Connect your Apple TV HD to your Mac using a USB-C cable.
  3. Launch Finder on your Mac.
  4. Select the Apple TV under Locations in Finder.
  5. Click Restore Apple TV while holding down the Option key.
  6. Select the tvOS file you downloaded.

    To downgrade your Apple TV HD, download the latest version of tvOS 13, connect the Apple TV with your USB-C cable, launch Finder. Select Apple TV under Locations in Finder. Click Restore Apple TV while holding down the Option key. Select the tvOS file you downloadedSource: iMore

From here, extraction and installation of the tvOS firmware begin. Once complete, you'll be asked to set up Apple TV on the device. Unplug the UBS-C cable when complete.

Final questions and comments

Do you have any questions about Apple TV or tvOS 14? Let us know below.

Updated June 2020: Updated for tvOS 14 beta.

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